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Get ready for the back to school season

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With the summer break coming to a close and the new school year right around the corner, you might be wondering how to prepare your child for their first day. Look no further - we've made a list of top tips for parents below.


Check your child's school uniform

Updating your child's school uniform is known to be quite expensive, but with the cost of living rising, many parents are looking for ways to get the most value for your money. 

There are plenty of shops that provide a wide selection of school clothing. Many partner with a range of schools, so you'll know that your child will be wearing the correct uniform. This is especially important for jumpers, as most schools have their own crest.

Many supermarkets have their own clothing section, where you could find trousers, shirts and ties at lower prices. This could be a cost-effective alternative for parents of younger children that are having growth spurts.

The kids have to be prepared for any kind of weather, so high-quality shoes with room to grow are a must. 

Of course, there's no one-stop-shop that will stock everything you need, so finding the best deals online could be a great option. Just make sure to check the school's uniform policy before purchasing.


Recap the last school year

The summer break is a great time to recharge after a busy final term. But, leading up to their first day back at school, it's a good idea to have a brief recap of last year's learning. Make sure to look through old textbooks and notebooks to ease your child back into a learning environment.

Restock on stationery and books

Pens, pencils and notebooks are essential for a new school year. But, these are just the tip of the iceberg. If your child is starting their GCSEs, you might need to buy a wider range of stationery - including a maths set or scientific calculator.

Art students may need more equipment, so check with your school before restocking. Visit your local crafts shop or find the best deals online.

If you have older children, some subjects like English or Science might require specific books to study throughout the year. Some bookshops may offer discounts on these books, so it's worth browsing around.

The return to school is also a great opportunity for your child to find new interests and hobbies. Why not visit your town library and see what sparks their attention?

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